Join one-of-a-kind classical music competition of the year that reinvents concert stage
FROM ANY LOCATION
ON EVERY MAJOR VIDEO CHANNEL
Welcome to Sound Espressivo 2021
Perform on Internet TV Broadcast from your own location
Rolling application and performance dates here
Voice, Period Instruments, Chamber Ensembles, Jazz
Five age groups
Free repertoire choice
Entrants, Judges, Music promoters connect in real time
SOUND ESPRESSIVO COMPETITION provides
state-of-the-art streaming through Internet TV Broadcasts (vastly superior to Zoom)
Everyone from anywhere in the world can participate
Reach worldwide audience
Based in Washington DC area, the competition takes place online
Semi-Finals and Finals
Everyone performs in real-time LIVE in front of a distinguished panel of judges and a world-wide audience!
Virtual Concert Halls
Virtual Concert Halls delivers the most streamlined, hassle-free and cutting-edge live streaming technology experience.
Our TV quality broadcasts are brought to you by Virtual Concert Halls, a pioneering start-up founded by internationally-acclaimed musicians and music technology and production experts. Visual Concert Halls ensures the best possible audio and visual quality and are committed to staying ahead of the game in all things live- streaming.
What are the repertoire requirements?
There's no specific requirement! We are a classical music competition so please choose repertoire accordingly, but we do not request specific pieces or time periods. Choose whatever represents your artistic merit best
Do I have to play the same pieces in all rounds?
There are no specific requirements for that. You can play the same pieces; or you can play completely different program; or you can play a combination of both. You decide everything about your repertory yourself.
What makes this competition unlike any other?
It's fully virtual with many innovative elements you can view above in the slides and boxes. Our Broadcasts are made using TV technology (NOT Zoom!)
How do I know I'm good enough to compete?
All levels are welcome to compete! With many categories to excel in and multiple age groups to win in, this competition provides one of the biggest lineups of winners and prizes out there. Check the 2020 Gallery. If you aren't sure - apply for non-competitive. You are still eligible to observe masterclasses for FREE
Do I need a recording to enter?
For Prelims you can choose to perform live or to submit a video (or a link to YouTube)
How do I perform with an accompanist?
If you would like to perform with accompaniment, we recommend asking them to record the minus one (accompaniment part only) in the tempo that you're comfortable with. Please have a ready .mp4/.mp3 before coming for the Preliminary Round. We recommend using wireless headphones for playing and listening to the minus one as you perform. Of course, if the social distancing requirements in your country allow you to perform in the same space with your accompanist, go for it
How do I know my equipment is good enough to compete?
Visit the Sign Up page and scroll down to Technical Requirements for a list of things you will need to have a stress-free time in the tech check. If you already meet the minimum, apply with confidence. If not, we recommend finding the equipment online or borrowing from friends. All of these are widely available
My teacher is one of the judges, can I still apply to compete?
Absolutely! Your performance will be adjudicated by the panel which will EXCLUDE your current and previous teachers
Do I have to win first place, to receive any prizes?
Not at all! Prizes are offered by distinguished companies with vast experience in promoting performing arts which are experts in classical music. Each company will award their prize(s) to contestant(s) of their own choice. Their decisions may or may not match those of the judges'. Some companies may choose to not award their prizes
Can I win money?
Yes! Competition established a Prize Pool. We will be awarding all money received through contributions to the Prize Pool, to the winners of the competition. The amounts of each Award will depend on the judges' decisions, and on the amount of money in the Prize Pool
Will my teacher get recognition?
Of course! Your teachers shared their knowledge and inspiration with you! the Competition will recognize teachers and schools of every contestant on the Teachers page. If you win, your teacher will be invited to join the live broadcast and receive special recognition during virtual Awards Ceremony
I still have more questions. What should I do?
Scroll down to the Get In Touch section and send us your question by email directly. We will do our best to answer your questions there!
Meet The Team
Pianist, Artistic Director, production coordinator
Pianist and supervising producer
Cellist, co-producer, and social media manager